Date: 13th July 2009 at 2:35pm
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To many fans’ dismay – but not necessarily surprise – Fergie declared that United finished with strengthening the team this summer. We won’t buy anyone else in addition to Obertan, Valencia and Owen.

‘It is the end of our business, so all these stories about who were are supposed to be getting – forget it,’ he said.

‘There are some amazing numbers being talked about, not all of them realistic. It is very difficult to get value now. In a way we benefited through the sale of Cristiano, although that figure was non-negotiable.

‘But I feel we have a good squad, which meant there was no need for knee-jerk reactions. We asked about Benzema and we had a value for him. Lyon have done well because they got ?42million but I think we took a sensible view.’


Well, yes and no. The current squad is almost certainly not good enough to challenge for the title AND in the Champions League as well. And as so many others I also expected a central midfielder which we apparently won’t get as Fergie, probably, still has faith in Scholes and Giggs.

He also added that both Macheda and Welbeck can expect more opportunities next season and at least this is certainly a welcome development.